Reading between the lines: tabloids and art



Gustav Metzger’s career has spanned sixty years of art and political activism. He pioneered Auto-Destructive art and famously held an ‘art strike’ between 1977–1980. He was also involved in the radical Fluxus movement. In 1962 his simple idea of displaying all the pages from a popular national newspaper as an art installation was rejected from an exhibition for being too politically charged. This year Tate Modern invited him to restage the piece, and he told us why newspapers should be held up for scrutiny.